Naturally Fun Parties for Kids: a review and a giveaway!

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

We are entering the time of year known at the Fleck house as birthday party season.  Over the next few months we”ll celebrate four birthdays in our family, as well as celebrating two holidays and a family reunion.

Normally this means I”m facing a bit of a conundrum:  how to create wonderful, fun parties for my children without giving into the consumerism, highly processed, commercial party element that seems so prevalent in kids” parties these days? If those parties could be kind to the planet and kind to my budget, even better.

In other words, the book I”m sharing with you today landed on my desk for review at just the right time!

This giveaway is now closed.

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids was written by Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot.

Anni Daulter, the author,  is a professional cook and an advocate for sustainable living.  Her previous books include Ice Pop Joy, The Organic Family Cookbook,  and Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers.  She is also the co-founder of Bamboo magazine for whole family living.

Heather Fontenot is one of the editors of and writes a beautiful blog at Shivaya Naturals.

From the first glance at the cover I knew that this was a different kind of party book – not a plastic cake topper or artificial color in sight.  The softcover book has 128 pages with 12 seasonal party ideas for kids ages 5 to 12.  From creating the invitations to instructions for handmade decorations to games and kid-friendly recipes to serve your party guests, this book gently guides you through your party planning with over 200 full color photos and clearly written instructions.

The authors have even thoughtfully included timelines for party planning, so that you aren”t doing in all in a last minute rush (not that I”d ever do that.  ahem.) but can get started about a month to two weeks before your party.

The book includes earth-friendly, budget-friendly, yet fun seasonal themes, such as:

  • an egg dyeing Spring garden party
  • a pancake pajama party
  • forest faerie dress-up party
  • strawberry-picking and jam-making party
  • upcycle art party
  • knights and dragons quest party
  • and more!

It says a lot to me that my children, ranging in age from 3 to 10, also seemed naturally drawn to the book from the moment it arrived.  Each of them has spent some time skimming the pages and commenting on different elements and images that they would like, pretending to plan their own parties.

Myself?  I have marked several ideas with post-it notes and feel better prepared for the upcoming birthday season than I have a in a while.  More than that, I also feel inspired to throw some of these kid-friendly parties just because sometimes you don”t need a reason to celebrate and spend time with family and friends.

There are a lot of happy memories waiting within the pages of Naturally Fun Parties for Kids. My children and I can”t wait to get started celebrating!

The giveaway

One lucky Simple Kids reader will win a copy of the book   by Annie Daulter with Heather Fontenot.

To enter simply leave a comment below.

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This giveaway will be open until Midnight EST, Friday April 13, 2012.  Good luck!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Veronica K says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  2. Would love to win this book!
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  3. sounds like a wonderful book!

  4. Looks like a fun book. :)

  5. Looks like a fun Book! :)

  6. This one is going right to the top of my wish list!!!

  7. kristine says:

    So fun! I would really enjoy reading this!

  8. Another great book that I would love to have! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  9. I would love this! My daughter’s birthday is in a little over a month and I’m looking for some creative, healthy ideas. Thanks for the chance!
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  10. Cruchy4Life says:

    This is great to give more ideas when we have our annual Fire Fire Party in june to celebrate the summer solitice.

  11. Sounds like a great book. It would be nice to do something unique for my kids parties.

  12. This looks like such a fabulous book!!! Just love realistic/doable party ideas!!!
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  13. Great idea for a book!

  14. This sounds like a great book and I’d love to get my hands on a copy! We currently have a 6 month old so we’re just gearing up for the parties. :)

  15. I’d love to have this book! We just made our own crayons for my daughter’s party favor this month :)

  16. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a fun book!

  17. Christine says:

    Sounds like a fantastic book! I would LOVE to win it!

  18. My daughters 2nd birthday is coming up and I just started thinking about what I was going to do do it. This would be the perfect resource!

  19. This book sounds amazing!

  20. Charice L. says:

    Just in time as I think about how to do a simple, noncommercial party for my 2 & 4 year olds. :)

  21. I’d love it :)

  22. What a fun book!

  23. Sounds like quite a few fun and family- and environment-friendly ideas! Thanks for the kind opportunity!
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  24. This sounds like a very cool book. I’m always looking for new ideas for parties.

  25. nopinkhere says:

    Ooooh! This sounds cool! I try very hard not to do any sort of party that is syndicated, but coming up with acceptable choices is getting harder as my kids get older. I love that this is aimed at 5-12 yo.

  26. oh, this book sounds perfect! Thanks so much for giving one away!

  27. Ooh! This sounds amazing! How fun! I wish we were nearby, so at least we could partake in the parties, if I don’t win… XOXO

  28. Sounds like a great book…I always need help with party ideas!
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  29. Stacie@HobbitDoor says:

    This sounds like a must have/read for me! Thanks for letting us know about it.
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  30. Make your party fun and memorable by choosing just the right theme..
    Wine-tasting parties or chili cook-offs are good ways to get all guests involved. Or host a mystery party at which all guests play a role in a short mystery play they have to solve.
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  31. Would love to have a read!!!

  32. How neat!!

  33. Loving the idea of non-consumeristic party ideas!

  34. What an awesome book. I’d love to win a copy!

  35. Looks like a delightful book!
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  36. I would love to get my hands on this! I was just wondering the other day how to keep the focus off gifts but on fun!
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  37. Sounds like a must read and it would be perfect for my little girl’s birthday party coming on May!
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  38. This would be great for us to have to have a summer party- thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. What a wealth of creative inspiration!

  40. Jennifer says:

    This book looks like so much fun & we *love* a good party (especially a kid one)!

  41. This looks like a great idea book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. This looks like an amazing book! I’d love to win a copy!! Thanks!

  43. Sounds like a great book!

  44. Beth Gillespie says:

    Wow! Would love to win this book, I’ve got my 5 year old’s birthday approaching fast, and he’s already talking about Cars 2, Angry Birds and Lego – would love this book to help me plan a frugal but fun party!

  45. Wow! This book is already on my wish list, so I would love, love, LOVE to win a copy! I adore Anni Daulter, we used tons of recipes from her first book when my son was a baby, and now I’m looking forward to planning his second birthday party this summer…I’d love to get some tips and ideas on throwing a natural (& fun!) party. Fingers and toes are crossed. :)
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  46. sounds great!

  47. Sara Suastez says:

    That book looks fantastic! I’m definitely putting it on my list of books to get even if I don’t win!

  48. My daughter isn’t 5 yet, but I am so looking forward to planning parties for her, and could really use this book!

  49. Sounds like a GREAT book!!
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  50. My daughter just started gearing up for her birthday and I wanted to find ideas that move us away from the pressure of the birthday in a box trap. She loves planning parties. This book sounds great!